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YANT Day Trips
Day Trips Organiser: Colin Sherwood firstname.lastname@example.org
Forthcoming Day Trips
On all trips the day trip leader will carry mobile phone No. 07960 710975.
Please call this number on the day if you are delayed or cannot attend.
We have tight schedules and try not to delay our departure.
Visit to Brodsworth Hall and Doncaster Mansion House
Friday 12th April, 2019
Our first visit in 2019 will be to South Yorkshire. The morning stop will be at Brodsworth Hall (English Heritage property). Brodsworth was lavishly built and furnished in the 1860s by Charles Sabine. His family were descended from French Huguenots and were later Swiss merchants and financiers. Charles was the equivalent of a Victorian “playboy” enjoying such leisurely sports as yachting and horseracing. His wife’s family, the Theobalds, had been renowned racehorse owners and trainers, which is reflected in the number of paintings of racehorses to be seen in the house. After the death of the last owner in 1988, Brodsworth was carefully “conserved as found”. The mansion is truly frozen in time and represents a unique opportunity to experience an English country house as it really was in the Victorian era.
On arrival, our party will be split into two groups for a guided tour of the house (duration about 30-45 minutes). One tour will be at 10.30am and the other tour will be at 11.30am. The ground floor of the house is level and there is a lift up to the first-floor family bedrooms but no lift access to the servants’ bedrooms. When not on the guided tour, you are free to explore the gardens. The terrace and formal gardens have tarmac paths, but the quarry gardens are accessed by gravel paths. There is a café, which serves drinks and light refreshments. Refreshments will be on an individual basis. English Heritage Members, please do not forget your cards or you will be charged the entrance fee.
We will leave Brodsworth at 12.45pm to take the short drive to Doncaster to visit the Mansion House. This Grade 1 listed building is owned and managed by Doncaster Council and is used for civic and private functions. It is one of only three Mansion Houses in England. The house, designed by James Paine, was constructed between 1746-48. Unlike the Mansion Houses in York and London, which are used for formal receptions and accommodation for their Lord Mayors, this building was constructed solely as a permanent base for entertaining.
There will be a short walk (about 10 minutes) from the coach drop off point to the Mansion House. On arrival we will be split into groups for a guided tour of the building (duration about one hour). Please note that the tour will include the first floor of the building and that the afternoon tea will also be served in a room on the first floor. There is no lift. Afternoon tea will be served at about 2.30pm and will consist of sandwiches, scones, trifle, cake, tea and coffee. At the end of the visit we will walk back to the coach pick up point and aim to leave around 4.00pm.
Ingleby’s coach will pick up at Memorial Gardens, Leeman Road, York, at 8.45am, Middlethorpe Drive, Dringhouses, at 9.00am and Tadcaster Bus Station at 9.20am. The journey time to Doncaster is around one hour. We expect to be back in York by 5.30pm. The cost of the trip is £36 (£27 for members of English Heritage). This includes entrance and guided tour of Brodsworth Hall, guided tour and afternoon tea at Doncaster Mansion House, coach hire and driver’s gratuity.
Visit to Sledmere House and Burnby Hall Gardens
Thursday 23rd May, 2019
For our May visit we are still in God’s own county, this time going eastwards towards the Yorkshire Wolds. Our first stop will be at Sledmere House. The house has been in the Sykes family since the mid C17th. It was Richard Sykes who demolished the old manor house and built a new home in the Queen Anne period style. Christopher Sykes later carried out improvements to the house in the 1770s and 1780s. He was his own architect but did consult both John Carr and Samuel Wyatt. He employed Capability Brown to design and landscape the garden. This involved the demolition of the old village and construction of the layout that you see today. Unfortunately, there was a major fire in the house in 1911 which led to the almost total destruction of the building. Fortunately, with the help of the local estate workers, most of the contents were salvaged. Sir Mark Sykes, who employed local architect Walter Brierley, then oversaw the reconstruction.
On arrival at Sledmere, Dorothy Nott, who has kindly agreed to show the group the Waggoners’ Memorial, will meet us. This will be a follow up to her talk to YANT on Saturday 27th April. The Memorial was commissioned by Sir Mark Sykes to commemorate the services of the local Waggoners’ Reserve who had fought in WW1. Dependent on numbers and interest on the day, the party might need to be divided into two groups for this talk. It is a short walk from the Memorial to the entrance to Sledmere House and the café will be open for individual refreshments for those who wish to partake. There will be a guided tour of the house at 11.30am (duration about one hour). The upper floor can be accessed via the lift. At 12.30pm lunch will be served in the Orangery (cold meats, salads and a selection of tray bakes, tea and coffee). There will be some free time then to explore the gardens.
The coach will leave for the short drive to Burnby Hall Gardens in Pocklington at 2.30pm. These gardens have been described as “the jewel in Yorkshire’s crown”. They are home to the National Collection of Hardy Water Lilies, which grow on the Upper and Lower Lakes. The lakes contain Carp and Roach, which can be hand fed. Other garden features include the Victorian Garden, an Aviary, the newly re-planted Backhouse Rock Garden and a Stumpery. Also of interest is the Stewart Museum, which houses artefacts belonging to Major Percy Stewart, adventurer and traveller, who lived at Burnby Hall between 1901 and 1962. There is a café, which will be available for refreshments on an individual basis. All the garden areas are accessible. The coach will leave at 5.00pm for the short drive back to York, arriving around 5.45pm.
Ingleby’s coach will pick up at Memorial Gardens, Leeman Road, York, at 9.00am and at Middlethorpe Drive, Dringhouses, at 9.15am. The journey time to Sledmere is around one hour and back from Pocklington about 30-45 minutes, depending on traffic. The cost of the trip is £36, which includes entrance and guided tour of Sledmere House, lunch, entrance to Burnby Hall Gardens, the coach hire and driver’s gratuity.
Visit to Trentham Gardens and the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery
Wednesday 19th June, 2019
This month we will be visiting Staffordshire. The Trentham Estate is home to the award-winning Trentham Gardens, which have matured into some of the finest in Britain, and declared by James Alexander Sinclair in “The Telegraph” as “the garden makeover of the decade”.
The Italian Garden planting is designed within the historic framework of Sir Charles Barry’s original Italianate Garden of the C19th. Renowned designer and multi-Chelsea gold medal winner, Tom Stuart-Smith, led the contemporary revival. To the east of these gardens are the Rivers of Grass and the adjacent Floral Labyrinth, where paths meander through 30 beds of tall perennial planting, offering up bold colours and wonderful aromas. Both these schemes were designed by the eminent Dutch plantsman, Piet Oudolf.
At the centre of the gardens is the mile long, Capability Brown designed, Trentham Lake. There are seasonal boat trips to the end of the lake where it is possible either to return by boat or walk back along the Fairy Sculpture Trail past the bird and otter hides (about 45 minutes). There is also a miniature train, which offers an alternative way to see parts of the estate. Trentham Shopping Village with 50 shops, cafes and restaurants offers a chance for some retail therapy. On arrival at Trentham Gardens, you will be free to explore the estate on an individual basis. Included lunch will be served at the Six Arches Restaurant at 1.30pm (menu choices to be found on the Booking Sheet). The coach will depart at 2.30pm.
It is a short drive from Trentham Gardens to the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery. This is home to diverse displays of art, local history, natural sciences and the world’s greatest collection of Staffordshire ceramics. The Museum also houses part of the Staffordshire Hoard, discovered by a metal detectorist in 2009 and dating from the time of the C7th Anglo Saxon Kingdom of Mercia. This is the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold ever found. The display features a raised wooden-floored mead hall with columns and banners adorned with Anglo-Saxon artwork, along with a replica fire pit and king’s chair.
After independent viewing of the galleries, tea and biscuits will be served in the café. The coach will leave at 4.45pm arriving back in York at around 7.45pm.
Ingleby’s coach will pick up at Memorial Gardens, Leeman Road, York, at 8.00am and at Middlethorpe Drive, Dringhouses, at 8.15am. The journey time is about three hours and will include a coffee and comfort stop. The cost of the trip is £36, which includes entrance and lunch at Trentham Gardens, refreshments at the Potteries Museum, coach hire and driver’s gratuity.